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Old 01-27-14, 03:14 PM
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Colorado High School Student Sets Self on Fire in Cafeteria

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A student at a suburban Denver high school set himself on fire in the school's cafeteria today and is in critical condition, authorities said.

A female teacher was treated for minor cuts when she broke a pane of glass to access a fire extinguisher and a school custodian used the extinguisher to put the fire out, Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke told ABC News.

The student, who is 16 but otherwise not identified, is in critical condition with severe burns, Spottke said.

The incident happened at 7:12 a.m. in the cafeteria of Standley Lake High School in Westminster, Colo. Police said students were present in the cafeteria at the time, but none were injured.

The school released a statement saying in part, "A student sustained severe burns when he entered the school cafeteria and lit himself on fire. The student has been transported to an area hospital and is in critical condition. Our hearts and prayers go out the family and school community."

"At this time we do believe that this was a suicide attempt," Spottke said.

Investigators do not know why the boy set himself on fire, and are talking to his friends, school employees and his parents for clues, Spottke said. They are also reviewing surveillance video from inside the school cafeteria, police said.

Police would not comment on whether the boy said anything before lighting himself on fire, or if he had doused himself in gasoline or any other accelerant.

Spottke told ABC News affiliate KMGH, "We don't know of any threats ahead of time at this point but that's something that we're looking into obviously-social media and that type of stuff we're looking at to see if there were any threats made."

She added, "We're taking the most precautionary measures. Nowadays with everything that happens in these schools, we're going to go through the entire school- room by room, floor by floor, to make sure there's not any other devices or anything like that."

School is closed today and Tuesday, and counselors are being brought in to help, police said.

Today's incident was the latest to affect a Denver-area school in recent weeks.

On Thursday, Columbine High School, where two gunmen killed 13 people in 1999, went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls. The alert applied to a half-dozen other schools in the area, in the same school district as Standley Lake, but was lifted the same day.

On Dec. 13, student gunman Karl Pierson, 17, fatally shot Claire Davis, a 17-year-old classmate at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before killing himself in the school's library. Pierson reportedly had threatened a teacher and librarian who had disciplined him last year and allegedly was seeking that teacher when he entered the school, investigators have said.

Westminster was home to 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who was abducted on her way to school and killed in 2012. Austin Sigg, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was sentenced to a life sentence plus 86 years. Jessica's disappearance put Westminster and neighboring Denver suburbs on edge as police, aided by an army of volunteers, searched for her and then her killer.

This just breaking. Why do we seem to have so many troubled youth around here? And if I was going to commit suicide I think setting myself on fire would be the last option I would pick.
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Seems a bit late to protest the Vietnam war.
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He was a big fan of Rage Against the Machine's first album.

I've got a friend's son that was there, she said her son was pretty distraught about the whole thing. It seems pretty intense, but I'm glad that no one else was physically hurt.
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This kid has single-handedly turn the school violence to a new chapter. Although, if there is a choice of mass-shooting violence or this, I'd prefer this. No one else was hurt except the idiot.
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I blame guns and video games.
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It's time we ban matches and lighters.
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If only someone was carrying he could have been put out of his misery.
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Colorado - the Florida of the West
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Probably high on legal marijuana!
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A female teacher was treated for minor cuts when she broke a pane of glass to access a fire extinguisher...
Need to know more about this!
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Probably high on legal marijuana!



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Didn't know cafeteria food was that bad.
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"Oh, you can set yourself on fire - and we'll break out the marshmallows and weenies - but you ain't gonna be on the news at 11."
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Billy Joel was spot-on
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"At this time we do believe that this was a suicide attempt," Spottke said.
Please list the other reasons someone would set themselves on fire Spottke.
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Seems a bit late to protest the Vietnam war.
You're trying too hard.
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Now THIS is an attention whore.

Whatever happened to the Let It Burn policy.
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At least we didn't start the fire.

Too soon?
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Well... This guy totally wanted to go out of the norm to uh.... Go out.
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He's doing wrong. It's EMO not immolation.
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The article failed to mention FOX was doing a casting call for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

Still photo from the security footage ... viewer discretion advised ...
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"The school released a statement saying in part, "A student sustained severe burns when he entered the school cafeteria and lit himself on fire."

He suffered severe burns from entering the cafeteria and THEN lit himself on fire?

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Need pic to determine guilt.
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I thought all the kids had phone with the cameras. Shouldn't there be two dozens videos of this?
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